Delegation From Oshima Island Visits The Big Island

A delegation from Hawai‘i County Sister City Oshima Island visited the office of Mayor Billy Kenoi today, delivering a gift in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Sister City relationship.

Managing Director William Takaba, Honorary Consul General of Japan Art Taniguchi, Zen Tanaka, Mayor Billy Kenoi, Dr. Masafumi Honda, and Mayumi Jinguh

In Japanese, Oshima means “big island” – so it’s fitting that Oshima Island’s only international Sister City relationship is with Hawai‘i’s biggest island. Though Oshima is much smaller than Hawai‘i Island – about 35 square miles with a population of 8,500 in 2008 – it is home to waterfalls, valleys, and Mt. Mihara, an active volcano standing at 2,507 feet. The most recent eruption was in 1990. Oshima is the largest island in the Izu group, over a dozen islands extending south from the Izu Peninsula.

“Fifty years of a special friendship tie between our islands, which our predecessors continuously built, is the pride and honor of the people of Oshima-Machi,” wrote Oshima Mayor Masafumi Kawashima in a letter to Mayor Kenoi.

Mayor Kawashima was unable to come to Hawai‘i Island for the celebration, but Mayumi Jinguh and Zen Tanaka of Oshima visited on his behalf, delivering a letter and a gift – a copper relief depicting a rainbow bridge between the Sister Cities of Hawai‘i Island and Oshima Island. Tanaka, the 19th master of a 414-year-old copper craftsmanship school, started his work with copper when he was 15 years old. The people of Oshima Island, including Mayor Masafumi Kawashima, participated in crafting the piece.

“We are very honored and very privileged to call you our friends, to call you our neighbors, and to call you family,” said Mayor Kenoi.

The County of Hawai‘i’s Sister City relationship with Oshima Island was initiated in 1962 by the Board of Supervisors, the predecessor to today’s County Council. The Chairman and Executive Officer of the Board of Supervisors, the predecessor to the office of the Mayor, was Thomas K. ‘Lofty’ Cook.

Members of the Board of Supervisors at the time were Wing Kong ‘Winkie’ Chong, Elroy Osorio, Helene Hale, Sherwood Greenwell, Ikuo Hisaoka, and Elias Yadao.

The current Mayor of Oshima-Machi, Mayor Kawashima, visited Hawai‘i Island before he was mayor – in 1996 as part of a volcano study tour to Mt. St. Helens on the Continental U.S. and three Hawaiian islands. The last visit from Oshima Island to Hawai‘i County was in 2006, when a delegation of 100 people came in celebration of Oshima’s 50th anniversary of township.

Big Island Gets New Radio Station Beginning Monday

On Monday, October 15th at 5:00PM, HST, Hawaii Island listeners will be introduced to RESONATE HAWAII’s newest radio station, The Wave @ 92FM.  Featuring “Today’s Fresh Mix” of top hits, The Wave @ 92FM will combine the power of its on-air position with myriad online applications creating a full 360 degree audio and visual experience for Adults 18-44.

Available on-air at 92.1 Kona and 92.7 Hilo** and online at, The Wave @ 92 FM will debut with the broadcast of 9,200 songs in a row from artists such as Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Daughtry, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Train, Beyonce, Matchbox 20, Usher, Bruno Mars, and Adele along with  many others.

Complementing the station will be an array of events and concerts, an extensive online destination with local events, blogs, music videos, photo galleries, celebrity gossip reports, embeddable and multi-functional streaming player.  Fans of the station can also stay connected through instant messaging, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and other social networking sites, as well as wirelessly via texting.

“After a very long road, we are very excited to be launching Hawaii’s first contemporary hit radio station,” said Dan Deeb, Market Manger, RESONATE HAWAII.  “Sales and samples have said Hawaii Island loves today’s hit music.  Sadly for too long the fans of this music have had nowhere to turn here on The Big Island.  We are proud to be that outlet by playing “Today’s Fresh Mix.”

Programming and presentation of The Wave @ 92 FM is being directed by:  Matt Stone, Director Of Programming, RESONATE HAWAII.


Owned and operated by RESONATE HAWAII, The Wave @ 92 FM “Today’s Fresh Mix” is Hawaii’s new hit music radio station. Simulcast at 92.1 on the West side of the island and 92.7 on the East side of the island.  RESONATE HAWAII, also owns and operates KIPA 1060 AM Hilo and KTBH FM.

** 92.7 Hilo will be on-air 10/22/12

Hawaii Fishing Vessel Catches Fire – Coast Guard Rescues Three After Abandoning Ship

The Coast Guard rescued three men who were forced to abandon ship after their vessel caught fire Friday.

Agency spokesman Shawn Eggert says the crew of the 35-foot Honolulu-based vessel Havana called for help early Friday, saying they were abandoning the ship. The unidentified men donned their survival suits and the helicopter found them in a life raft near the burning vessel.

The fishing vessel Havana burns approximately 17 miles west of Cannon Beach, Ore.,

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., received a Mayday call from the crew of the fishing vessel Havana at approximately 6 a.m.  The crew reported the vessel was burning 17 miles west of Cannon Beach, Ore., with three people on board.

An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Facility Newport, Ore., was dispatched to the scene along with a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Tillamook Bay.  The three men were found in a life raft near the vessel and hoisted into the helicopter, which took them to Sector Columbia River.  All three men were uninjured.

The 47-foot motor lifeboat crew remained on scene to monitor the burning vessel, and search for signs of pollution.  The vessel was reported to have 900 gallons of diesel fuel and 50 gallons of hydraulic oil on board.

“The Havana’s captain attended a safety drill conductor course in Newport last year,” said Mr. Dan Hardin, 13th Coast Guard District Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinator.  “What he learned during that course may very well have saved his crew’s lives today.”

2013 Waimea Ocean Film Festival

The pastoral town of Waimea and the sun-drenched Kohala Coast provide the backdrops for the 2013 Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film). Opening Thursday, Jan. 3, the third annual event immerses participants in a greater understanding and awareness of the ocean. Through a combination of films and activities, Ocean Film inspires, educates and engages participants in a celebration of the ocean and island culture.

Eddie Aikau: Hawaiian Hero

Cinematic fun is January 3-6 in Waimea before moving January 8-11 to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. In addition to screening 30 to 40 exceptional and award-winning films, Ocean Film offers breakfast talks, Q&A filmmaker sessions, compelling panel discussions, artistic exhibits, receptions, a Taste of the Island and ways to get wet—try yoga on the beach and outrigger canoe lessons.

Family of the Wa’a

“We’re proud to be partners again in the Waimea Ocean Film Festival,” says Robert Whitfield, regional vice president and general manager of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. “The works and events presented within this festival are inspiring, entertaining and quite frankly, a lot of fun.”

Festival passes are available as six-punch passes, film passes and contributor passes and can be conveniently purchased now online. Kama‘aina and Early Bird Pass Rates are available until Nov. 15. A festival schedule will be posted online in mid-December 2012 and updates can be found on facebook at Waimea Ocean Film Festival.

Special hotel rates are offered to festival pass holders at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Resort, The Fairmont, Orchid, Hawai‘i and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai—ask for the Waimea Ocean Film Festival rate when phoning a reservation.

For festival details, visit or phone 808-854-6095.

WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL thanks its 2013 supporting partners: Go Pro, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Resort, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy (HPA), Blacksand Sound & Show, Parker School, Mac Net, gaiacreative, Ke Ola magazine, Joe Fagundes III of Kona Law and Starbucks Coffee.


Ground Breaking for Pa’auilo Slaughterhouse Improvements on Tuesday

The County of Hawai’i is breaking ground for $4.15 million worth of improvements to the State owned slaughterhouse in Pa’auilo.  The event will take place at the slaughterhouse on October 16 at 10:00 a.m.
Funds for the improvements were appropriated by the State Legislature and released by the Governor directly to the County of Hawaii to implement improvements that will help to secure the future of Hawaii Island’s grass-fed beef industry.
The proposed project will make much needed improvements in three critical areas:
  1. Waste water disposal
  2. Rendering of un-useable solid waste
  3. Improved refrigeration space to expand plant capacity and improve meat quality
When complete, the plant’s capacity will increase by 40% and reduce the current processing backlog that makes it difficult for ranchers to bring their animals to market in a timely fashion. Improvements will also transform waste that currently goes to the land fill into useable value-added and energy producing by-products.  Improvements will also address outstanding waste water issues.
Once complete, the improvements will create new employment opportunities and increase the economic sustainability of the Hāmākua district.
Contracts for the work have been awarded to three separate contractors. Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. will be responsible for expanding refrigeration capacity and installing a new dry chill box to age grass fed beef before it is marketed. Ludwig Construction will install wastewater improvements including a new septic system and improvements to enable the recycling of wash water to irrigate surrounding pastures. Site Engineering will make repairs to the rendering plant and install equipment that turns inedible waste into compost material and animal fat for processing into biofuels.
The Pa’auilo Slaughterhouse is owned by the State of Hawai’i and leased to Hawai’i Beef Producers, a partnership between David DeLuz Sr. and a group of ranchers. It is one of two USDA certified slaughterhouses on Hawaii Island, where over 75% of all the state’s cattle are raised. Tim Richards, of Kahua Ranch and President of the Hawai’i Cattlemen’s Association, said “Slaughterhouse capacity is a critical bottleneck for local ranchers and an impediment to the growth of a locally grown and grass-fed beef industry in the state.  These new improvements at Pa’auilo are an important step forward.”
“The County is glad to serve as a conduit for this important State investment in agricultural infrastructure”, said Mayor Billy Kenoi. “Mahalo to the staff of Public Works, their consultants and the people at Hawai’i Beef Producers for their hard work to bring this unique effort to fruition.”
According to the County Food Self Sufficiency Baseline study, only about 17% of the beef eaten on Hawai’i Island is locally produced, in spite of the fact that the cattle industry produces nearly twice the number of cattle annually that the island consumes. Since the early 1990’s the cost of grain imports has made it too expensive for local ranchers to finish cattle locally.  As a result, the bulk of the cattle industry ships young cattle to the mainland to be grown to market size and harvested there.  Local slaughter capacity has fallen dramatically in the last 20 years and needs to be revitalized before a strong local grass fed industry can re-emerge.

Chinese Museum to Work with Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor in Honolulu has been awarded a Museums Connect (MC) grant to launch a project with Jianchuan Museum Cluster in Chengdu, China, one of Honolulu’s sister cities, it was announced today by Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff. The grant will enable the two museums to implement a student research exchange project, Past to Present: U.S.-Sino Bridge of Connection.

A full scale Boeing F4B-4 replica that has been at Honolulu International Airport for the past 6+ years is now at its new home at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.
The aircraft had some damage to the wing structure which will be repaired in the Restoration Shop in Hangar 79. The F4B-1 was the sucessor of the Boeing F2B/F3B naval fighters. The last F4Bs/P-12s were phased out of service in 1941.

Students from Kaiser High School and their counterparts in Chengdu will conduct joint research on the legendary American Volunteer Group (AVG)/Flying Tigers of the Chinese Air Force. Selected students from each country will participate in a study trip to explore the impact of WWII on cultural attitudes and traditions, and connect these lessons to contemporary issues and realities.

Museums Connect is a joint initiative of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The MC mission is to build global communities through partnership, collaboration, and cross-cultural exchanges linking the respective museums with communities both abroad and locally.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on historic Ford Island occupies
World War II-era hangars that still bear the scars of our nation’s first aviation battlefield. Ranked #8 aviation attraction in the nation.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. It provides educational programs for adults and children and is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard on Historic Ford Island at Pearl Harbor. Opened December 6, 2006, it has been ranked by TripAdvisor® as one of the “top ten aviation attractions” in the nation. Phone (808) 441-1000 or visit for tickets, information and to download a coupon for a free combat simulator flight.

Big Island Police Searching for 17-Year-Old Missing Since August

Big Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Kona boy who was reported missing.

Christopher Borst

Christopher Borst was last seen August 10 in Kailua-Kona. He is described as Caucasian, 6-foot-1, 175 pounds with a tattoo of a lauhala weave with an island chain on his right chest and an oval birthmark on his left waistline.

He is known to frequent body board surf spots.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Update on the Highway 11 Fatality

A 57-year-old Glenwood man died Thursday (October 11) from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 11 in front of Hirano Store.

Traffic was stopped in both directions for over two hours. Photo Merle Gornick

Responding to a 4:35 p.m. call, traffic investigators determined that a 2001 Ford four-door station wagon was traveling north on Highway 11 when the male driver made a left turn into Hirano Store.

A 33-year old woman from Glenwood was following from behind in a 2005 Dodge van when she crossed the centerline to avoid a collision but struck the Ford station wagon.

Police are investigating whether the driver of the Ford station wagon made an abrupt turn into Hirano Store.

The male driver of the Ford station wagon was dead at the scene. Fire Department rescue personnel took the woman to Hilo Medical Center.

It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.

The driver of the Ford station wagon was not wearing his seat belt. The female driver was wearing hers.

A negligent homicide investigation has been initiated and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The name of the man is being withheld pending positive identification.

Police ask that anyone with information about the crash call Officer Tuckloy Aurello at 961-8119.

This is the 32nd traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 16 at this time last year.